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Updated 2012-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog

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Chemistry

Faculty

Julie Larson, Keith Marek, Gerald Morine, Katie Peterson, Kenneth Traxler

Programs

Department of Chemistry
S 230
Phone: (218) 755-2920
Fax: (218) 755-4107

Chemistry is often called the "Central Science," because chemical knowledge is essential not only to chemists, but also to biologists (through biochemistry, molecular biology, and environmental chemistry) and engineers (through materials science and polymers). A good knowledge of chemistry provides many options for graduate study and many options for career paths.

The study of chemistry can be divided into two parts: analysis and synthesis. Analysis determines the identities of the components of a real-world sample (a sample of polluted water, for example) and then measures how much of each component is present. Synthesis produces new, previously non-existent materials. Twenty-one million chemicals are known, and new ones are produced all the time. Will you synthesize one that reduces pollution? Cures a dreaded disease?

First-and second-year students interested in a chemistry major or minor are encouraged to discuss their career interests with members of the Department of Chemistry. This will allow good schedule planning, leading to on-time graduation.

Career Directions

Biologist
Chemist
Dentist
Engineer
Entrepreneur
Environmental Chemist
Forensic Scientist
Geochemist
Nutritionist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Technical Management
Technical Sales
Toxicologist
Veterinarian
Also: Graduate Study

Preparation

Recommended High School Courses
Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics